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  1. Zonoma

    Zonoma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is not normal. I confess, though, I've not seen it in a rooster. I hope you find your answers.
     
  2. TeamChaos

    TeamChaos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2009
    Check for mites or lice!
     
  3. Zonoma

    Zonoma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a friend who had a hen that slowed down and got constipated (who knows why). With the poo stuck inside, the flies laid eggs inside her and then maggots ate it from the inside out. My advice would be, while you are researching, give him a warm sits bath (just warm water - only add tea tree oil if you find evidence of lice or mites) and then put him in a cage by himself. This won't fix anything (unless the problem is lice, then the sitz with tea tree will work wonders) but it will perhaps ease some discomfort and at might provide more clues as you research. And - on the off chance something similar is happening to your roo as what happened to my friend's cochin - a soak will expose maggots. They should float to the top.
     
  4. gabbyscritters

    gabbyscritters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Check the bath water and sink or whatever you soak him in for mite evidence. Tiny black specs, mites or mite poops. Also if you feel scabby type area on his belly-bottom area it probably is from mites.
    2 of our boys had mites bad before we realized it, they lost feathers around the vent and were red and scabby under feathers. They were not that red however.
    Mites can make chickens very uncomfortable and eventually will cause health problems. They also seem to come out of no where and cause problems fast. If you see evidence spray all your chickens. The easiest way to check is to look outside in the sun, they are hard to see. Look around the vent, under side of neck, under wings. The scabby areas is sing you have pretty bad infestation. Spay everyone down in 10 days as eggs will hatch again.
    We use frontier spray for dog and puppies, one spray just below the vent and for muffed birds 1 spay in the muff.
     
  5. Zonoma

    Zonoma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm curious - how is your rooster and did you ever determine the cause of his Rudolph Bum?
     
  6. Gail in MN

    Gail in MN Out Of The Brooder

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    My rooster's butt is bright red and bald as well! He acts completely normal. I cannot figure out what is wrong either. Please post if you ever figure it out!
     

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